All photos © Sasha Maslov / Osnovy Publishing

All photos © Sasha Maslov / Osnovy Publishing

IN UKRAINIAN RAILROAD LADIES, photographer Sasha Maslov documents the female workers of Ukraine’s national railway system in photographs that are both exquisitely arranged and highly personal. While brightly-colored uniforms serve as the initial focus, offering a vivid palette of Soviet-era contrasting pastels, the women themselves shine through as the true subjects, standing proudly against an equally-colorful array of backdrops.


Originally from the Ukraine, Maslov now lives and works primarily in New York, but voyaged back to his home country to document the women while criss-crossing the country by rail. The tiny station houses and lace-curtained offices alone would be subject enough for a book, but when paired with the railway’s proud female workers, who seem to be staring out from decades past, they become irresistible.

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Ukrainian Railroad Ladies
Osnovy Publishing
128pp / hardcover / $39